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Yasmine Nilsson, Sweden’s Promising Lady Trainer and Jockey

Nilsson won the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Championship in Toulouse, France, riding Laft Nether11 June 2016, USA ~ Congratulations Yasmine on winning a berth to the Abu Dhabi Ladies World Championship Final in November. Horsereporter fans would love to hear how you trained for your winning ride. YN: I’m 22 years old and…

Horsereporter Speaks with Top US Trainer Lynn Ashby

Ashby receives Darley Award for Best Trainer 2016

1 May 2016, USA ~ Part One of the Two Part series with Lynn Ashby – Training for Top Performance Lynn Ashby has been a top horse trainer in the US for many years. Her US Darley Award for Best Trainer for 2015 followed her win in the same category in 2014. She has had a total…

Professional Jockey Alice Mills Shares Love of Racing

Alice Mills, congratulations on your recent win in Bahrain in the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Racing Championship (IRAHR) on Kuheilan Al Adiyat. Horsereporter fans are interested in this ride and what it took to get to this point in your racing career. Alice, Can you tell us a bit about your training…

The Best Job In the World with Arabian Horses – Horsereporter with Ally Nelson

14 January 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona ~ The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Farm Tour is in it’s ninth year. The recent tour from 31 December 2015 – 3 January 2016 allowed thirteen of the valley’s prestigious Arabian horse farms to show off their best. During the four-day event, the public was invited to a free garden showcase of…

Action Hero Devan Horn – Adventures in the Mongolian Derby

August 12, 2003, Texas ~ Devan Horn has just finished second – after coming in first in the longest and hardest horse race in the world – in Mongolia. Devan is 20 years old. What has shaped this fearless Action Hero? The back story shared by her parents, Rachel and Sandy Horn. “Let me say…

Action Hero, Devan Horn and the Mongol Derby

Mongol Derby riders

Horn rides the “Toughest Horse Race on Earth”July 30, 2013,  Texas ~  It has been said that there are no new ideas. Genghis Khan is credited with the first messenger system or Yam, using  tough Mongolian horses. In the days before the internet, this was done by exchanging new ponies at relay stations (known as Ger)…

Action Hero, USA Jockey, Jacqueline Davis

US professional rider, Jacqueline Davis has never known anything but horses and racing. Davis had made the 14 hour flight from the east coast of the USA to ride in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship in Abu Dhabi on November 11. She had only known about the race two weeks before…

Action Hero – Delphine Garcia-Dubois

Amateur jockey, Delphine Garcia-Dubois, recent winner of the HH Sheikha Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) was born and raised in Paris, France. Her family was not an equestrian family, but she was early interested in horses. “I started with show jumpers, like most of the amateur jockeys in France,” she said after her race win in…

The Voice of the Course – Frank Mirahmadi

November 1, 2012, San Francisco, CA. ~ Now in his seventh year of calling races on the Northern California Fair Circuit as well as the January to April season at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, Frank Mirahmadi might call the races imitating the voice of Marlon Brando. Horsereporter wondered what makes a good race announcer. Frank…

Endurance Rider races with the wind – to Hawaii

August 15, 2012, San Francisco ~ When Canadian sheep rancher, endurance rider and outdoor enthusiast, Jenny-Anne Mooney decided to sail by herself 2100 miles from San Francisco to Hawaii, it began as a personal quest, a test of limits, and a fulfillment of self-reliance. In all categories, it exceeded expectations. “I think I lost about 8…

Iraq continues a history of Arabian racing

Dr. Mohammed Al Nujaifi’s family may not have been the first to breed Arabian horses in Iraq, but they are one of the oldest families still breeding purebred horses, and are considered the largest breeder in the country. “My family owns a large estate 40km to the North of Mosul, and our stud farm is…

Action Hero, Maureen Milburn

April 16, 2012 “Just thought I’d drop you a line to say how proud we are in Australia of Maureen’s well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the Darley Awards night recently. Maureen has worked tirelessly to establish Arabian Racing in Australia for over 20 years. Lobbying governments and the Thoroughbred industry to recognize our right…

Action Hero, UK Trainer Bill Smith

At the Darley Awards  Bill Smith was in Houston for the 2012 Darley Awards where he served as co-host. Smith has been a constant in the 25 years that the Darley Racing Cup Awards have been honoring Arabian racing heroes. “I’ve hardly missed one Darley Awards, from Victoria Secret’s day, back in 1993 when they…

Gillian Duffield Sh Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Best Woman Trainer

A slight woman with a gentle demeanor, Gillian Duffield could pass as a professor or a real estate agent, but one would have to look hard to see the grit that has made her one of the most successful Arabian race horse trainers over the years, 25 of them spent training for Sheikh Hamdan Bin…

Update on Endurance Sailor, Jennifer Mooney

   2 July, 2012, Off the Coast of California ~ Nothing stopping Jen Mooney “I finally get to sail to Kauai on Saturday…well I start on Saturday. My plan changed along the way due to an accident but I’m still going. I had a bit of a wreck on my qualifying run that left me…

Lindsay Graham Juggles International Endurance Competition and Career as Veterinarian

 January 15, 2012, Napa Valley, USA~ Lindsay Graham from Napa Valley, California, is looking forward to her first visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. She is one of two invited riders from the US to compete at the annual  CEI 3*  HH President of the UAE Endurance Ride, this year slated for…

Susanna M. Santesson, new Vice-President of DRAV

      January 7, 2012 ~ The German Racing Association of Arabian Horses –DRAV- has elected Susanna Santesson to the position of Vice President of DRAV at the Extraordinary General Assembly on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 until the next Ordinary General Assembly in April. The position became vacant after the previous Vice-President, Dieter Axmann left.…

Calling a race with the Feminine touch – Victoria Shaw one of Australia’s gems

Race caller, Victoria Shaw, will call the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies’ Race at Moonee Valley January 27.  She has become a great supporter of Arabians in racing, and used to ride an Arabian years ago.  Here’s her story as told by Australia’s Racing News: